"He eats an apple."
Translation:Il mange une pomme.
French verbs are conjugated, ie they change endings according to the subject: je mange, tu manges, il/elle/on mange, nous mangeons, vous mangez, ils/elles mangent
For anyone, like me, who couldn't tell that the Il was in fact IL, it is a capital 'I' with a lower case 'l'.
Two lower case "ll" (LL) or two capital II (ii) are possible, they are the Roman number 2. But in this sentence, that would make no sense.
when does one use "une", and when does one use "la", I don't know the rule.......
une/un means a/an and la/le means the. So if you were saying THE apple it would be la pomme and if you wanted to say AN apple it would be une pomme.
"une" is used with feminine singular nouns.
"un" with masculine singular nouns
"des" is the plural of "un" or "une"
All French nouns have a gender, you have to learn each new noun with its own gender as their is no definite rule to define which gender nouns have.
What helps me is to regularly repeat the lessons instead of worrying if I can remember things. After a while I start to remember them automatically.
je mange, tu manges, il/elle/on mange, nous mangeons, vous mangez, ils/elles mangent
^this makes me happy. I should have scrolled farther before posting my previous comment. :)
Okay, if une is used as a female pronoun, then why is it sometimes used for men too?? I'm having issues stringing a male sentence together, please advise.
"une" is a feminine, indefinite article = a/an in front of a grammatically feminine noun.
Therefore, you would not say "une homme" or "une arbre" (a tree) because both are grammatically masculine and need article "un".
il est mange = he is eat, so it does not mean anything in French.
he is eating uses the gerund form of "eat" to create a continuous tense, meaning "he is currently in the process of eating".
If French, such a verbal form does not exist.
To precisely translate "he is eating", you have to use a phrase "en train de + infinitive": il est en train de manger.
Otherwise, you can still translate with a simple present (less precise but correct) = il mange.
il mange UN pomme is masculine why does it change to feminine then say im wrong??? anyone else having problems with that???
Because "pomme" is a grammatically feminine noun, so you need indefinite article "une".
Why is it une yet the sentence is about him eating and un is masculine? Is it talking about the apple "being feminine"?
Yes, articles agree in gender and number with the noun they modify.
"pomme" is a grammatically feminine noun, so the indefinite article is "une pomme" (an apple) and the definite article is "la pomme" (the apple).
Why do you use a feminine "une" instead of masculine "un" when the subject (He) is masculine. It says that we use feminine b/c the apple is feminine. Help!
This is stupid be cause it tells me pomme is feminine but it's telling me something else it wrong
"il" is a personal pronoun (3rd person singular) that can replace any masculine noun: a man, an animal, a thing.
So, depending on the noun, "il" can mean "he" (a male person) or "it" (other masculine animals or things).
In grammar, genders are not "female" or "male", but "feminine" and "masculine".
All nouns in French are gendered, based on etymology (Latin for the most part). So you have to learn every new noun with its gender.
Tip: learn "une-pomme" as if it were one word, so that you remember it later when you need it.
"une pomme" is grammatically feminine since all French nouns have a gender. This comes from Latin where there were 3 genders. So enjoy French with only 2!
"manger" and "to eat" do not need a preposition (de/of) to introduce a direct object.
Verbs with a subject have to be conjugated.
"manger" is the infinitive (non-conjugated) verb (like "to eat").
In 3rd person singular, the correct conjugation in present is "mange" (= eats).
why this isnt making any sense whats the diference if i put est!!!!!!!!!????????????
You just have to learn each new noun with its gender:
apple = une-pomme: please learn the noun with its indefinite article, as if it were a prefix, so that next time, you will remember that "une-pomme" is feminine.
il = he or it
Il = capital i + lower case L = the same thing but at the beginning of a sentence
A double lower case LL / ll does not mean anything
In English, you add an -s at 3rd person singular (he, she, it)
In French, you add an -s at 2nd person singular (tu)
how would une apply to masculine words as well? I thought that the une was more for females and that the un was more for male AND female?
It said "HE eats an apple" I picked -Il mange UN pomme-. Why did it choose UNE? I thought un was male and une was female .-. please help